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Fremantle, Australia

Bunker craft operator licence revoked
Thursday, October 17, 2019, Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker craft operator licence of Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd (“Inter-Pacific”) with effect from 15 October 2019. Inter-Pacific will not be allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.

As part of MPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure the integrity of bunkering in Singapore, checks were conducted on Inter-Pacific earlier this year. MPA’s checks and subsequent investigations revealed magnetic interferences affecting measurements of bunkers supplied in numerous Mass Flow Meter readings across Inter-Pacific’s fleet of bunker tankers. Inter-Pacific had also failed to ensure that its employees, including its cargo officers, comply with the terms and conditions of their licence.

As Inter-Pacific also holds a Bunker Supplier Licence issued by MPA, MPA is currently investigating Inter-Pacific for breaching the terms and conditions of the Bunker Supplier Licence.

MPA reminds all bunker licensees to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of their licences. MPA will take firm action against any licensee who has acted in contravention of its licence(s), including the suspension or revocation of licence(s) licences where necessary.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.16 of 2019

Inner Habour berths’ parameters under review
Thursday, October 17, 2019, Fremantle, Australia

Due to larger vessels now visiting Fremantle Inner Harbour, the parameters for Inner Harbour berths NQ 1 and NQ 2 are under review.

The following are now in force but will be constantly reviewed:

Vessels at Berth NQ 1 should have a beam of less than 25m. If a vessel has a beam of greater than 25m it may be shifted to another berth or to anchorage when a vessel with LOA greater than 270m is passing.
If a vessel with a LOA > 315m or has a beam > 43m is arriving or departing then Berth NQ1 must be clear of any shipping.
No vessel is permitted to be bunkering at NQ 1 when a deep draft vessel (draft> 11m) is passing. The barge cannot be alongside.
No vessel is permitted to be bunkering at NQ 2 when a deep draft vessel (draft> 11m) is passing. The barge can remain alongside but must disconnect bunker hose prior to vessel passing.
If a vessel is berthed at NQ1 and is required to be shifted due to the above them all expenses will be for the smaller vessel on NQ1’s account.

Vessels may be scheduled accordingly to facilitate the above which can result in delayed berthings or sailings if a small delay is deemed most efficient for overall port operations.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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